August 18, 2004
Ward 81


In 1976, Mary Ellen Mark and writer Karen Folger Jacobs spent 36 days on the women's locked ward at the Oregon State Hospital. The book that resulted, Ward 81, is shockingly intense and way, way out of print. It's now all on-line, at Mark's website. (Awkward web design makes direct linking impossible; go to books, then scroll down to ward 81.)

Posted by dbrown at August 18, 2004 03:43 PM

Hmm. Thanks for that.

None of the photos creeped me out as much as the two that you pulled from there. Creepy like Blair Witch Project before we quite figured out it was fake.

Hey one of the photos at the site, around page 5 or 6 has a woman taking a shower with a life preserver buckled around her. I thought I was the only one that did that.

Posted by: Evan on August 21, 2004 11:39 PM
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